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International conferences focus on the five research themes that form CRIMT's scientific program. Interdisciplinary, and following an open architecture, these major meetings (now annual) bring together hundreds of participants from all four corners of the world (the June 2010 conference had over 400 delegates from more than 20 countries). Whilst the primary goal of these conference meetings is scientific, and their aim, to bring together a large number of researchers and graduate students, these meetings also seek to forster some form of dialogue between academics and labour market partners. The latter typically represent 30% of participants, many of them being invited to share their experiences in workshops and round-table discussion.

The media library features the full audio-video recordings from a selection of CRIMT's international conferences (What Public Policies for Work in a Global Era? (2007), Union Action without Borders (2010, under the Outreach Activities heading) and Employee Representation in the New World of Work: The Dynamics of Rights, Voice, Performance and Power (2010), Multinational Companies, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation (2010, Media Database - search for the 'MNC' code in the multimedia database) and Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies (2012), New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work (2014) and Institutional Change and Experimentation: Shaping the Future of Work and Employment (2015).
 
         
    2015      
           
    21-23 May 2015 • CRIMT International Conference

Institutinal Change and Experimentation: Shaping the FUture of Work and Employment

HEC Montréal (Montréal, Canada)

This conference explores changes in the institutions of work and employment in various contexts. It seeks a better understanding of experimental practices and policies developed by a range of actors at different levels, and to provide an assessment of their social and economic impact. It also seeks to understand how existing institutions facilitate or hinder change and how and why institutions fade away or prevail over time and in different contexts. A particular focus is on both the development of new practices, norms and mechanisms and on the capabilities and resources that foster capacity building in the regulation of work and employment.

In particular, the conference will explore the following themes:

1. The State, regime competition and policy choices
2. Articulated or disarticulated, connected or disconnected institutions
3. Inclusive and participative institutions
4. Worker organizations and institutional experimentation
5. Multinational companies (MNCs) and Global value chains (GVCs)
6. National institutional arrangements and the social dynamics of work
7. Actors and institutions for regional and sector governance
8. International labour standards
9. Multilateral trade and the emergence of social regionalism

This activity is organized with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as part of its Connection and Major Collaborative Research Initiatives programs, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture, though its Strategic Clusters program, the Canada Research Chair on Globalization and Work, HEC Montréal, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work (CSOW), the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the Automotive Policy Research Centre (McMaster University), the Contemporary Research on Organisations, Work and Employment (CROWE) research group (De Montfort University), the Faculté des arts et des sciences (Université de Montréal) and the Industrial Relations Journal.

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    2014      
           
    12-14 May 2014 • CRIMT International Conference

New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work

HEC Montréal
Montréal, Canada

As part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held an international conference on the new frontiers for citizenship at work. This conference took place at HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada), from Monday May 12th to Wednesday May 14th 2014.

This conference built upon and extended previous work on the theme of citizenship at work, notably the importance of migrant status, social reproduction, inequality, life cycle, and social location as part of a larger examination of citizenship as a platform for delivering entitlements and distributing risks relating to work. It facilitated comparative analysis of existing public policies and implementation mechanisms in order to respond more effectively to contemporary normative concerns and risks associated with the new faces of work and employment and to promote organizational efficiency and worker well-being in the world of work.

These some of themes the conference explored:


1. The New Faces of Work and Employment
2. Jobs and Job Quality
3. Work, Family, Community
4. Risk Shift
5. Working and Acting across Borders
6. Labour Standards, Rights at Work and their Enforcement
7. Equality at Work
8. Democracy at Work
9. Rethinking Citizenship at Work

This activity relied on the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Sociétés et culture, though its Strategic Clusters program. It also featured a special collaboration with the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and the Mondi Migranti Journal, both of which will publish a selection of papers presented at the conference.

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    2012      
           
    25-27 October 2012 • International Conference

Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies


The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held an international conference on union futures, focusing on the innovations, strategies and changes implemented by local, national and transnational unions.

The conference was organized around two activities: 1) the Forum on Union Innovation, which took place on Friday the 26th of October and brought together trade unionists and university researchers; 2) two days, the 25th and 27th of October, during which more than one hundred leading international researchers prsented the results of their latest research on union strategies and innovations. The two activities gave rise to a conference spanning three full days, from Thursday the 25th to Saturday the 27th of October 2012.

This activity relied on the financial support of major partners: the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Syndicat des Métallos – District 5.

It also received support from the National Union of Public and General Employee (NUPGE), the Conseil Provincial des Travailleurs et travailleuses unis de l’alimentation et du commerce (TUAC Québec), the Fédération de l’industrie manufacturière (FIM-CSN), the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), the United Steelworkers - Canadian National Office (USW), Bâtirente, the Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS), the Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), the Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES) in France, the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada, as part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Sociétés et culture, though its Regroupements stratégiques program.


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Compendium multimédia

  Coll2012  
         
    2011
     
         
    6-8 June 2011 • International Conference

Multinational Companies, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada

As part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives project (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the Interuniversity research centre on globalization and work (CRIMT) held an international conference on multinational companies, global value chains and emerging forms of social regulation. This conference took take place at HEC Montreal (Canada), from June 6th to 8th 2011.

Context

The spread of multinational companies (MNCs) through their global value chains is at the forefront of the current phase of globalization. The analysis of their development is critical for an understanding of the dynamics of labour and employment regulation. Far from evolving outside society, MNCs structure national business systems and influence public policy. Research points to how these firms control their subsidiaries and manage employment, how and why they adjust in varied ways to different societal environments, and the importance of institutional and other variations between home and host countries
.

The analysis of global value chains (or global production networks) shifts the focus to the reconfiguration of the sequence of activities within and across national boundaries and across networks. The increased possibilities for firms to delocalize or relocate production activities across countries and regions in search of the optimal location often clashes with the logic and dynamics of labour relations and public policy orientations, challenging national capacities to regulate work and employment relations in MNCs. This raises questions about the motives behind the restructuring of corporate activities and functions and the impact on working conditions in different locations along the value chain
.

The ways in which MNCs and their value chains cut across national and international employment regimes highlight the basic problem of institutional territoriality. In response, there is a process of institutional restructuring and hybridization where old and new collective actors and other stakeholders seek to regulate firms both within and beyond national borders. In these contested processes, actors attempt to mobilize both national and extra territorial sources of labour regulation through a variety of mechanisms of social regulation
.

These are only some of the questions the 230 conference participants explored on June 6th, 7th and 8th 2011.



SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): 1 & 5

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Media Database (search for the 'MNC' code in the multimedia database)


  MNCs  
         
    2010      
           
    16-18 June 2010 • International Conference

Employee Representation in the New World of Work. The Dynamics of Rights, Voice, Performance and Power

Université Laval
Quebec, Canada

The era of globalization and new information technologies has brought about significant changes in workplace configuration, workforce composition and expectations, and in the management of human resources as firms seek competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive environment. These changes pose considerable challenges to the traditional notions of employee representation, the core tenets of which were inspired in Canada under the Wagner Act exactly 75 years ago. The nature of these challengeswere fully explored and debated at an international conference that was held at the Université Laval (Quebec, Canada),on June 16th, 17th and 18th 2010.

This conference was the result of a special collaboration between the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA). Part of CRIMT's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's (SSHRC) Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) project Building Institutions and Capabilities for Work and Employment in a Global Era: The Social Dynamics of Labour Regulation, it focused on a number of key issues relating to employee representation in the new world of work, including: the relevance in today's workplace of the founding principles of different representative systems; how different types of employee representation regimes deal with issues facing the contemporary worker; the emerging models and actors for employee rights and representation; the kinds of public policy, actors, strategies, capabilities and research that are necessary to rethink employee representation in the contemporary workplace.


SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): Themes 2, 3 et 4

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Deliverables

Publication(s) : Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations (forthcoming)
Spacer(2011) C. Brunelle, A. Hayden, G. Murray (Eds.)
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Revue de l'IRES (forthcoming)
SpacerE-Proceedings

Post-Conference Website
Media Library


  Systèmes de représentation
 
     
    2007  
           
    24-26 May 2007 • International Conference

What Public Policies for Work in a Global Era?

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada

On May 24th to 26th 2007, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and its Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in the Global Era project (2003-2007 grant of the SSHRC's Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program) held a major international conference on public policies for work in a global era.

Some of the questions explored at the conference included: How should public policies for work and employment be renewed to ensure effective social protection in a global economy? What should be the social and economic goals of these policies? What are the institutions most able to develop and implement these policies? Should these policies still be developed within a national space or instead in a broader space, more in keeping with global production chains set up by transnational firms? What role and place for social actors in the development of these policies and how should these actors renew their capacity for collective representation?

Built around 6 plenary sessions and over 20 workshops, this conference mobilized over 130 international researchers and 320 participants.



SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): n/a

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Conference Website
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Deliverables

Publication(s) : PUL Series (forthcoming)
Spacer(2011) J. Charest, G. Murray, G. Trudeau (Eds.)
SpacerE-Proceedings

Post-Conference Website
Media Library


  Systèmes de représentation  
     
    2004  
       
    18-20 November 2004 • International Conference

Union Renewal: Innovations for Union Power in a Globalized Economy

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada

Regardless of the workplace, country or continent, unions are facing the same refrain: globalization, flexiblization, deregulation, liberalization, privatization, individualization and so on. Traditional forms of action are being questioned, past gains have to be renegotiated, and it is difficult for workers to make themselves heard. How should unions respond to these new challenges? What kinds of innovation should they explore and what paths of renewal should they favour?

As part of its project on Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in a Global Era (2003-2007 grant), under the auspices of the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT - Université de Montréal, Université Laval, HEC Montréal) invited academics and union activists, staff and leaders to an in-depth examination of union renewal. Organized in collaboration with a wide range of union partners in Quebec, Canada and abroad, this international conference brought together over 250 participants.

A special invitation was issued to trade unionists to make the most of that opportunity to discuss the challenges of renewal, within a context that fostered brain storming, learning and the sharing of experiences. The program was divided into two main blocs : a Forum on Union Renewal, which focused on union experiences, and a Study Day, which focused on scientific research.


SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): n/a

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Conference Website
Poster

Deliverables

Publication(s) : Just Labour, 6&7
Spacer(2005) L. Haiven, S. LeQueux, C. Lévesque, G. Murray
SpacerTransfer, Vol.11, No.4
Spacer(2005) G. Murray, J. Waddington
SpacerPaths to Union Renewal: Canadian Experiences
Spacer(2005) P. Kumar, C. Schenk
SpacerLabor Studies Journal, Vol.31, No.3
Spacer(2006) C. Lévesque, G. Murray
SpacerRelations industrielles / Indusrial Relations, Vol.61, No.4
Spacer(2006) L. Haiven, C. Lévesque, N. Roby
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Post-Conference Website

  Union Renewal  
   
 
         
    21-23 June 2004 • International Conference

Citizenship at Work? Thinking the Workplace of the Future

Université Laval
Quebec, Canada

Within the framework of its SSHRC-MCRI project Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in a Global Era (2003-2007 grant), the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held an international conference on Citizenship at Work. This conference was held at Université Laval June 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2004. It was organized in collaboration with multiple partners, notably Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), the Ministère du Développement économique et regional du Québec, the Ministère du Travail du Québec, the International Labour Organization, the Canadian Labour and Business Centre, the Canadian Policy Research Network (CPRN) and the Canadian Studies Association.

What prompted this initiative? There is a degree of convergence in thinking, both nationally and internationally, about the need to develop a vision for the workplace of the future. Be it in terms of decent work, dignity at work, job quality and mental health, racial and gender equality, labour market exclusion, work-life balance, life-long learning, opportunities for participation and social dialogue, reconfigured employment relationships or managing knowledge-based organizations, there is a need for researchers, public-policy makers and labour market actors to develop a more pro-active and coherent vision of labour market futures than simple flexiblization in a context of economic globalization. For example, what kinds of flexibility should we be seeking and at what cost? The older contract about citizenship at work assumed certain rights and responsibilities. The parameters of this have changed fundamentally and that is why we are bringing together researchers, public-policy makers, corporate, union and other labour market actors to think about the basis for a new understanding of citizenship at work, one that might lead to a better balance between organizational efficiency and worker equity in the context of globalization.

This conference brought together some of the finest international specialists on these issues, as well as actors from the workplace, unions and employers, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Its objective was to favour a dialogue between academic research and practical experience, as well as a debate on the development of institutions better adapted to the challenges of globalization and of the new economy.


SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): n/a

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Conference Website
Poster

Deliverables

Publication(s) : Relations industrielles / Indusrial Relations, Vol.60, No.4
Spacer(2005) M. Coutu, G. Murray (Eds.)

SpacerPUL Series
Spacer(2010) M. Coutu, G. Murray (Eds.)

  TDTD  
     
    2003      
           
    30 April - 2 May 2003 • International Conference

Equity, Efficiency or Ethics? Corporate Codes of Conduct and the Social Regulation of the Global Firm

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada


Drawing on a range of original contributions, this conference sought to set out some of the pathways for thinking about the increasingly important phenomenon of the social regulation of work and employment in global firms. The underlying assumption being that some combination of the intervention of state and non-state actors is required to influence the behaviour of global firms. Hence, the need to look at some combination of national and international political institutions, direct or indirect ("hard" or "soft") legislative framing, the actions of trade unions and civil society groups and, indeed, the direct pressure exercised by consumers preoccupied with the ethical and planetary ramifications of their decisions.

Under the auspices of CRIMT's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (2003-2007 grant) project on Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in a Global Era, this conference was organized in cooperation with the Canadian Workplace Research Network (CWRN).


SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): n/a

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Conference Program
Poster

Deliverables

Publication(s) : Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations, Vol.59, No.1
Spacer(2004) G. Murray, G. Trudeau (Eds.)

SpacerThe Regulation of Work and Employment in Global Firms
Spacer(2011) G. Murray, G. Trudeau (Eds.)


  Equité  
   
 
           
    15-17 April 2003 • International Conference

La légitimité de l'État et du droit. Autour de Max Weber

HEC Montréal
Montréal, Canada


Summary (French only):

Ce colloque international visait à contribuer au développement, bien
au-delà de la théorie du droit, d'une réflexion interdisciplinaire sur le
thème de la légitimité du droit et de l'État. À l'origine du projet, l'idée voulant que la sociologie politique et juridique de Max Weber offre à cette fin un point de départ tout à fait incontournable, vu l'immense impact qu'elle a eu sur les théories subséquentes de la légitimité, chez les théoriciens du droit et du politique sous Weimar par exemple, et plus récemment chez des auteurs comme Habermas et Luhmann
.


SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): n/a

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Conference Program

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Publication(s) : La légitimité de l'État et du droit. Autour de Max Weber
Spacer(2006) M. Coutu, G. Rocher (Eds.)

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